DCist: The History Of The Senate’s Sweet Candy Desk


DCist.com provides some sweeter political coverage and some interesting history of the “Candy Desk”.

With Election Day just around the corner, Democrats and Republicans are engaged in a fierce battle for control of the Senate. The race is expected to go down to the wire, but unfortunately for Democrats, even if they take the Senate, there’s one vital part of the chamber they won’t control: the desk in the back row that is known as the “candy desk.”

The tradition of the candy desk began in 1968, when actor-turned-senator George Murphy of California took the seat at the back row of the Senate chamber. Senate lore holds that Murphy had a sweet tooth and kept candy in his desk.

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A replica at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston